[OpenStack Foundation] [Foundation Board] OIF bylaws text changes for gender neutrality

Jay Bryant jungleboyj at gmail.com
Wed Oct 27 19:11:05 UTC 2021

I second Sean's response.  Looks good other than the other concern 
mentioned on the list.



On 10/27/2021 12:31 PM, Sean McGinnis wrote:
> Thank you Allison, this looks great. Glad to see this moving forward.
> Sean
> On Wed, Oct 27, 2021 at 12:16 PM Allison Randal <allison at lohutok.net 
> <mailto:allison at lohutok.net>> wrote:
>     Hi all,
>     In the March OIF board meeting, the Diversity & Inclusion working
>     group
>     proposed some minor changes to the bylaws to use more gender-neutral
>     language. We've completed legal review on the changes, so we're ready
>     for broader community review and feedback now, and then will plan for
>     the OIF board to vote on the changes in the next board meeting in
>     December.
>     I've attached a PDF with a redline markup of the changes, all comments
>     are welcome. The changes are relatively simple:
>     a) "Chairman" changes to "Chair" throughout the document.
>     b) Consistently uses they/their as the gender-neutral 3rd person
>     singular pronoun. This replaces all instances of he/his, and all cases
>     where we previously had incomplete gender neutrality with "his or
>     hers",
>     "he or she", and other variations that explicitly listed two genders.
>     While this use of they/their as 3rd person singular isn't
>     universal, it
>     is very common in modern usage. And, the bylaws already have an
>     explicit
>     statement that any pronouns should be read as singular/plural as
>     needed:
>     "6.7 _Pronouns._ All pronouns used in these Bylaws shall be deemed to
>     refer to the masculine, feminine or neuter, singular or plural, as the
>     identity of the person or persons may require."
>     The updates change a few words in protected sections of the bylaws, so
>     after the board vote, we'll need independent votes from the OpenStack
>     Technical Committee and Platinum Members, and will include these
>     changes
>     in the annual Gold Member and Individual Member votes (for Gold and
>     Individual Directors). So, it'll probably be mid- to late-January
>     before
>     the changes are fully reviewed and approved.
>     Thanks,
>     Allison
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